The emerging role of whistleblowers in democracies

November 01, 2022
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Human Rights Lawyer, Robert Tibbo, will be giving a lecture at Newcastle University on how whistleblowers protect human rights and why they must be better protected. 

When: Tuesday 1 November 2022, 5.30 pm (GMT)
Where: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University.

Register: Free admission. Registration opens on 25 October 2022. 

Whistleblowers serve a variety of purposes, from the protection of the rule of law, democracy, and separation of powers, to a check on the corporate abuses of power. They also face enormous risks, related to the threats perceived by those governments and corporations whose misconduct is revealed. Tibbo argues that whistle-blowers, and those who support them, protect our human rights and help to address corporate and government misconduct and must themselves be better protected. 


Robert Tibbo is a Canadian national, born and raised in Montreal, Quebec Canada known for his work as a lawyer in Human Rights. He is known for his work in the areas of administrative and constitutional law focused on human rights and asylum and refugee law. Mr. Tibbo has acted for clients in high profile extradition cases. He has acted for many notable clients facing extradition/deportation that involved non-refoulement and refugee claims. Such cases include American Whistleblower Edward Snowden, the Snowden Refugees, and Xiao Hui in Australia’s largest ever case of insider trading. Mr. Tibbo has taught at the Management Institute Center (MCI), Innsbruck Austria, where he has taught as a faculty member, the subjects of business and legal ethics, whistleblowing and human rights. The scope of his teaching includes legal liabilities of corporations for human rights and environmental rights violations. He is a Visiting Professor/Professor of Practise at the Business School here at Newcastle University.

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